Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away – Episode 7, Coptic Church bifolium

On October 8, 2018, Dr. Brandon Hawk and curator Dot Porter met to talk about these ancient books, and to compare them with manuscripts from the collection of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. This series is a record of those discussions.

Misc Mss (Large) Box 1 Folder 24

In this brief excerpt we talk about a bifolium from a Coptic liturgical manuscript, which includes selections from Luke’s Gospel (chapter 5) and John’s Gospel (chapter 4) as well as readings from the Psalms. We see similarities between the Coptic script and the as-yet-unknown script in the Jedi texts.

Online record and digital images of Misc Mss (Large) Box 1 Folder 24:

Phil Szostak, The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (
Images of the “Tree Library” by Seth Engstrom & Rodolfo Damaggio
Mock-ups for six pages from the Jedi books by Chris Kitisakkul

Screenshots from the film and images from The Art of Star Wars are used under the Fair Use doctrine described in Section 107 of the Copyright Act (

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